@phenomlab said in Best forum software?:
@JAC yeah, vbulletin never was cheap. Nice platform, but impractical from the cost perspective for those starting out small with no budget.
I used VBulletin back in 2018 and it was a nightmare, it’s very hard to use, hard to master, the support it’s bad, and if you don’t have tech skills and you are not worried with security it’s ok then… and the prices for a license are not worth it, on the other hand I used Invision community suite too, the prices are ok depending what you want, the support it’s good for what you pay in my experience, it has a lot of themes, a lot of extensions already integrated, it’s easy to get around if you don’t have any knowledge in coding languages, but if you don’t want to spend any money on a license, it’s better to stick around with NodeBB it’s almost, or maybe even better than a paid license, and what can I say about MyBB and PhpBB, I have used them too the past 10 years, they are old, mybb lacks responsive on mobile devices, you will need to pay a lot for a good theme if you want your community to look good and somehow modern, because the free themes are literally trash and very outdated, phbb in my opinion it’s better than mybb but it’s hard to master it, even it’s admin control panel it’s really hard to get around if you’re a new comer to the platform, and flarum… well, flarum it’s good if you want just a little, it lacks many things, I can say that it’s a good platform, you need composer or SSH access on shared hosting to install basic things, something that I didn’t like, it’s hard to secure it if you don’t know just a little PHP